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What Is Health Anyway?

One international organization used to define health as “the absence of disease.” In other words, if you were not yet quite sick enough to need a doctor or a hospital, you must be healthy enough. They have now changed this to: “Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” But it took them decades to finally figure this out.

If you have never enjoyed excellent health, how can you possibly know what “feeling great” really feels like? That’s why I have never heard anyone who has gone from obese to a healthy body weight say, “Gosh, I wish I were really fat again. I felt so much better then…and I was much happier too.”

Many people seem to have convinced themselves that no matter what they do to themselves, the doctors and/or some miracle drug will be able to completely patch them up again. And they expect it to be done quickly, painlessly, and with as little inconvenience to themselves as possible. Houses don’t have bathrooms anymore. They have become mini-pharmacies, stocked with a plethora of pills, drinks, syrups, salves, sprays, powders, suppositories, patches and creams, mostly developed to alleviate only the symptoms and make you feel better…not make you be better. But as long as you feel OK, you must be OK, right?

Wrong! Spend your money on things that will build your health (like a gym membership), instead of on things that say “For Fast Relief ” on the package.

More than 40% of Americans take at least one prescription drug. More than 80% take at least one medication regularly. Nearly 17% of Americans take at least three different prescription drugs and 30% take five or more medications regularly. Most of these drugs and medications are for preventable conditions. Medicine use doubled between 1999 and 2006. Shouldn’t that ring some alarm bells?

These things have become so much a part of our modern, unhealthy lifestyle that more than twelve million “normal” American adults and 2½ million teenagers are drug addicts…oh, excuse me…they are “abusers of prescription medications.” We certainly don’t want to call the problem by its real name. We might hurt someone’s feelings. In fact, these two groups constitute the fastest growing drug problem in America (150% increase in only the past five years) and their drugs of choice are pain pills and tranquilizers. Now we have a situation where stoned-out-of-their-brains parents are trying to tell their kids how dangerous street drugs are. “OK, Mom. Can I have a couple of yours instead? Yours are from the doctor, so they can’t be bad for you.”

Don’t think that this doesn’t apply to you simply because you rarely take prescription medicines.  The number of people who die each year from adverse reactions to common, everyday, over-the-counter (OTC) medicines such as aspirin and acetaminophen, to name just two, is also shocking.

About forty-four people die every single day of the year from OTC’s. 16,000 deaths a year should also make you think twice before popping that FDA approved, totally safe, with no side effects, OTC…or giving it to your children.

Every year Americans have 700,000 adverse reactions to drugs which result in a visit to an Emergency Room.

Anything and everything you put into your body has a “side effect” of some kind…whether it is a good effect, or a bad effect. Illegal drugs, prescription drugs, OTC drugs, any medicine, and even food…all have an effect. Some have large effects and others have smaller effects, but everything has a physiological effect of some kind on your body…even plain water.

Most people live in a state of denial when it comes to their health, but one fact is undeniable. Each person has a point of no return relative to his or her health. If you allow yourself to cross this point of no return, you can never, ever completely regain your health again! After passing this point, the damage is irreversible. Doctors and medicines can only try to slow the degeneration and/or ease the symptoms, but your health will be gone FOREVER.

Emphysema, Type II diabetes, osteoporosis, other degenerative bone and joint diseases and, of course, cardiovascular diseases (which kill eighteen million worldwide each year) are just a few of the things which can rob you of your health…and I cannot emphasize this enough PERMANENTLY. The truly sad thing about this is that most of these situations are preventable, if you take action soon enough.

Non-smoking, Quality Exercise, and a health-building nutrition plan can prevent (or help to prevent) most diseases and can also cure many…unless you procrastinate too long. Once you have allowed your health to deteriorate to a point where you are no longer physically capable of exercising at a high level (Quality Exercise), the road back is very long and very difficult. Just ask anyone who has had to rehabilitate themselves after a serious injury. The road back to good health from a debilitating disease is even more difficult…if at all possible.

Please don’t let this happen to you. It is not fair to yourself. It is certainly not fair to the people who will eventually have to take care of you. And it is absolutely not fair to your loved ones, whom you will leave behind much too early…or do you think that you would be doing them a favor?

If you claim to be a religious person, then you do not have the right to do this to yourself because it has to be a personal affront to the Higher Being (whoever that may be for you) who blessed you at birth with the precious gift of a healthy mind in a healthy body!

I truly believe that He/She would be much more pleased if we would show our respect by taking better care of these two wonderful gifts, instead of attempting to impress Him/Her with big, expensive buildings, fancy clothes and elaborate ceremonies…but then, those things aren’t really for His/Her benefit anyway, are they?

The eighteenth century German poet and philosopher Novalis summed it up nicely when he said,

“There is but one temple in the universe, and that is the body of man.”

Good advice…just make sure that you build your body into a small temple…not a massive cathedral.

If you claim to be family oriented, or a social person, you most certainly do not have the right to do this to your children, your loved ones, and the people around you who are then forced to adapt their lives to accommodate your voluntary disabilities. Social activities then have to be planned around what you are still able to do with your voluntary disabilities. Maybe you don’t mind when friends and family members feel obligated to come to you because you are too over-fat or unhealthy to go visit them anymore, but then you should also not feel neglected when these visits become fewer and fewer as time passes.

These people also have families, so when it comes to the point where your grown kids are forced to decide whether it is worth it to spend a few thousand dollars to fly their whole families from California back to Chicago to visit grandma (instead of a couple of hundred dollars to fly grandma to California…but grandma doesn’t fit into an airplane seat anymore), well…what would you choose to do in this same situation…and what could you afford to do? The next questions are: How many times would you be willing to do it…or be able to afford to do it?

Or think about this one: You always hear parents say how they are willing to die for their children. Don’t you think your children would prefer that you live for them, and be healthy…for them if not for yourself?

You also do not have the right to do this to yourself because it is a monumental insult to all persons on Earth who were not fortunate enough to be born with a healthy mind in a healthy body, and who have to struggle every day of their lives with a handicap which they did not choose to have! Lastly, you do not have the right to do this because it shows a lack of respect for yourself…and for others.

I am not trying to be mean-spirited here. I am attempting to get you to think about what you are doing, as well as the consequences of what you are doing, not only to yourself, but also those who love you and those around you. If this speaks to you, then get off your butt and get busy working to regain the most precious possession anyone could ever have – excellent health!

When you have good health, you have everything. Without good health, you have nothing.

For more information, go to and check out my book, “Cut Thru The Crap of Exercise and Fat-Loss Nutrition”.

Live Well,
Bobby Dickson

Bobby Dickson is a former competitive swimmer, diver, trampolinist, NCAA National Champion, and Olympic gymnast. He was a professional acrobat/stuntman for 33 years, has weight-trained for more than half a century, and has been personal training for more than 4 decades. He has advised World Champions in several different sports and is specialized in performance nutrition, body fat management, and development of optimal health. He is the author of "Cut Thru The Crap of Exercise and Fat-Loss Nutrition" (5 star rated on Amazon). His programs are geared to achieving maximum results, in the shortest time, with the least amount of other words, efficient, effective (Quality) exercise. Visit Bobby's website, CTTC Health Publishing!

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